British Seaside Wedding: Helen + Oli

british seaside wedding

Although Helen + Oli are currently land-locked Londoners, they both grew up near the coast and a lot of their special times together have involved the sea or a beach. Oli’s love of seafood is also particularly renowned so they were absolutely thrilled when they stumbled on a venue in the Kent seaside town close to where Helen grew up (that was not only a beautiful open space with lots of natural light + a beach side location), but was also called The Lobster Shack! :)

Their plans for the day quickly developed a seaside theme as that was such a natural fit for the setting. They also incorporated a few nods to Oli’s half French heritage – with a croquembouche (a traditional French wedding cake), wine sourced from the region that Oli’s family came from, and a French inspired menu. They wanted the day to be fun and relaxed, so they intentionally kept the ceremony readings quite light hearted and had an acoustic guitarist playing music with a happy Jack Johnson-esque vibe while people arrived, and during the drinks reception.

Congrats to Helen + Oli and thanks to McKinley Rodgers for the photos!

british seaside wedding

getting ready

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british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

ceremony program

british seaside wedding

vw bus

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

Processional: Pachelbel's Canon

Recessional: I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

First Dance: Ho Hey – The Lumineers

bride and groom

barn

confetti exit

british seaside wedding

groomsmen

bridesmaids

The wedding was really a wedding weekend rather than a day and one of the most special things for us was having all our favourite people together in a place that we are so fond of. The beach location was really important to us and as we were lucky to have glorious weather on the day seeing everyone make the most of the beach right into the evening was definitely a highlight.

hanging jars

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

succulent

polaroids

knot table numbers

knot table numbers

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding

british seaside wedding


Much of our wedding was DIY and it would not have been the same without the help and support of our brilliant friends and family. It really was a team effort in so many respects and we were really humbled by the effort that everyone went to for us.

Pinterest and wedding blogs are great for inspiration but don’t obsess too much about how other people did it – your ideas will come together in their own way. Go for suppliers who you trust but who you get on with as well – you’ll end up spending a lot of time speaking with or seeing them and it makes the whole experience a lot more fun if you enjoy their company.

photography: Pen and Cam of McKinley Rodgers // venue: The Lobster Shack at East Quay, Whitstable, Kent, England // floral design: Lotty’s Flowers, Faversham // wedding dress: Naomi Neoh, from Boa Broutique, Richmond // shoes: Next // bridesmaid dresses: Reiss // hair + makeup: Natalie Shirlaw and Frances Prescott // groom suit: Tailor Made // paper goods: Designed by us with help from my colleague James // catering: The People’s Food Company // cake: Creative Cakes // music: Acoustic guitar by Max Richards, Band was Penfold

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Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration from Palm Springs

jewel toned inspiration

I’m loving the combo of mid-century modern along with jewel tones (instead of the traditional mid century color palette) in this styled shoot from Poppy & Plum Events. Palm Springs was the perfect location for this shoot captured by Ryon:Lockhart Photography. A bit more about the design from Poppy & Plum Events:

For the design, we really wanted it to be colorful with some deep tones, but also have it be dramatic against some really awesome backgrounds such as stark white or interesting wallpaper. We used a circle pattern throughout which was inspired by the first thing we got for the shoot: an amazing gold raffle spinner! We really wanted to infuse the use of velvet throughout, so you’ll see that in the bow ties, the shoes, wrapping the bouquet & boutonnieres, and in the accent pillows. We incorporated some really awesome vintage pieces like the coup champagne glasses, gold cane drinking glasses and the trolly tea cart to really add an authentic feel to the shoot.

Lots of lovely details to be inspired by…

red lips

jewel toned inspiration

red heels

jewel toned bouquet

modern wedding arch


One of my favorite details is the ceremony location and the giant wooden arch they made for the shoot. The arch carried with the circular theme and with the flower accents was a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony, right?!

jewel toned inspiration

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jewel toned inspiration

veil

flowing veil

jewel toned inspiration

red dress

hanging florals

jewel toned inspiration

jewel toned inspiration

place card

menu

skinny candlesticks

perfume bar

perfume bar


Loving the create your own tea favors and the bar cart for cocktails.

bar cart

jewel toned inspiration

jewel toned inspiration

jewel toned cake


Thanks so much to all these talented wedding artists for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography // planning, design + florals: Poppy & Plum Events // venue: Private Residence Palm Springs, California // second photographer: Stephanie Brauer Weddings // hair + makeup: Veronica Lane // paper goods: Kelli Arruzzo of Wanderlove Press Co. // tabletop: Amazon, HSN, Vintage // trays: Casa de Perrin // wedding dress + veil: Illume Gowns // bridesmaid dress + girl’s shoes: Modcloth // tuxedos: Mattuci Tailors // tea cart: Vintage // velvet bowties: Mrs. Bowtie // ottomans, rug, walnut tables, pillows: YEAH! Rentals // wooden arch: Nick Luciani for Poppy & Plum Events // cake: Luz Mayoral for Lavishly Sweet // envelopes + calligraphy: Danica Butler for BP Invites

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryPoppy & Plum Events is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Zola – A New Kind of Wedding Registry

zola wedding registry


Zola is a super rad, brand new wedding registry, re-inventing the experience for the modern couple, with a sleek + stylish design aesthetic and an organized, easy-to-navigate layout. With a unique mix of products + experiences that move beyond traditional housewares + linens, there is truly something for all newly engaged couples to get excited about…and isn’t that the point?! Wedding registries should provide a fun + inspiring experience for both the bride + groom-to-be and their wedding guests. And Zola brings that notion to life. I seriously wish it was around when I was getting married! ;)

So aside from having an extensive product inventory, featuring approximately 1,000 incredible items, how is Zola different? Four key ways:

Zola Wedding Registry


1. ALL IN ONE PLACE – Zola is the only site that allows couples to register for products, experiences, services and cash funds, all in the one registry with a single checkout.

Zola Wedding Registry


2. GROUP GIFTING – Now couples can register for things they really want, and have friends and family contribute towards a group gift.

Zola Wedding Registry


3. TELL YOUR STORY – Couples can truly customize their Zola registry to make their registry as beautiful as the rest of their wedding experience.

Zola Wedding Registry


4. CONTROL OVER GIFTS – Couples can choose when they want to receive gifts, as they are purchased, and do virtual exchanges online before it is sent. No more lugging huge boxes to the store to return, no more box overload as gifts turn up at random times!

Zola Wedding Registry Giveaway


And we’re very excited to announce that Zola is generously offering engaged Green Wedding Shoes readers $35 in Zola credits when they set up their wedding registry! Head over to their website at this link for more information or to get started. Happy registering!

New registries must be started between Dec 9th – Dec 15th, 2013, but registry does not need to be published live until the couple is ready.  Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live. To receive the $35 in credits, use this link.

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